Although it’s still in beta, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will now be publishing paperback books (Kindle Publish Paperbacks). If you start your publishing venture with a Kindle book, then it’s just as easy as pushing the button that says “Create Paperback.”
KDP is not able to offer features such as proof copies, author wholesale copies or expanded distribution to book stores and other non-Amazon sites but those features will be coming very soon in the future.
The paperback service on KDP will work just as CreateSpace does (POD – print on demand) and you still don’t have to pay anything up front or have boxes of your books in storage.
So what is different between CreateSpace and KDP Paperback Publishing? Well in looking over the features, I don’t really see a whole lot of difference right now but I’m sure they will be adding and improving as they go along.
• Distribution: Reach paperback readers through Amazon websites in the US, Europe, and Japan.
• Royalties: Earn up to 60% royalties on the list price you set, minus printing costs.
• Rights: Maintain creative control and own your copyright with our non-exclusive agreement.
• Get to market fast: Publish your paperback for international sale in just a few days.
• 100% availability: Printing on demand means your book will never be out of stock.
(Report information provided by KDP.Amazon.com)
The one major thing I see that I really think will help every writer that works with Kindle and CreateSpace now is to solve the problem of trying to keep up with both reports of your royalties. CreateSpace has one way for reporting and Kindle has a different way. A real pain, in my opinion.
Moving your already created paperbacks from CreateSpace to KDP will result in the sales reports being on one website. Your royalties will be combined and you don’t have to even set up your payment information for KDP Paperbacks. It will be done for you.
As you see in this photo of the comparison of CreateSpace and Kindle Paperbacks; CreateSpace is the one you need to stay with if you need physical copies, otherwise when the beta is finished there is not going to be much difference in the services. I think just having the electronic and paperback royalties showing in one place is enough to convince me to move my books.
Keep in mind that if you want proof copies of your paperback books and physical wholesale copies, it’s best you stay with CreateSpace for now.
I wonder how they would feel if you published first on CreateSpace, ordered your physical copies and then transferred to KDP for reporting purposes? Hmmm, I will have to check on that.
You can have a free ISBN number assigned to your paperback books for free, just like on CreateSpace.
KDP will also have a Cover Creator and help in adding a spine and back cover. I know a few times, I’ve had problems with accounting for the spine when I started to publish some of my books. Anything to make publishing easier is A-OK in my “book.”
As with CreateSpace, you can also create your own cover using their template.
Keep in mind this is still in beta, so make sure you weigh the pro’s and con’s of moving your paperbacks to the KDP platform first before you make the move.
The review process through KDP is about the same as with CreateSpace. They’ll check for image resolution, fonts, margins and the overall way your book is presented. Follow their guidelines for more details (Content Guidelines) If any issues are found, they’ll let you know either by email or online in your KDP account.
KDP Paperback royalties will be at 60% which is figured on the list price of your book, minus printing costs for sales in the US, Europe and Japan. For more information, see; Paperback Royalty and Pricing (Beta)
Tracking your royalties and sales in your KDP account is the “pièce de ré·sis·tance” and what has me so excited about this new feature. You will be able to download reports for your sales and royalties going back 90 days.
If you’ve published your paperback books on another platform, you can still publish on KDP with only a few changes. You can and “Should” use the existing ISBN number that you have, just as long as there are no major changes in the book. Major changes will require a new ISBN number.
So there is my little bit of information I’ve gathered for you in my first week being back full time online. I’ll be watching out for more news and information that will help all self-publishers.
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What are your thoughts about Kindle offering a paperback service? Will you move your books over from CreateSpace to KDP Paperback or maybe just start using KDP with your future books?